Welcome to our SBCG Website


My name is Di Gunther and as the current President of the Southern Beaches Community Garden, I’d like to take the opportunity to officially say, WELCOME TO OUR SBCG WEBSITE.

And all in our very first blog post, no less.

Considering the SBCG was first incorporated back in 2010, it’s been a long time coming, I guess you could say.

But then the saying also goes, ‘Good things come to those who wait’, too. So hopefully there’s something to be said for that as well. I definitely feel this to be the case.

Having first become a member of the SBCG back in 2009, I’ve seen our community garden grow from a vacant lot there in Tugun Park behind the Tugun Community Centre to the vibrant and lush green community space that it is today.

And the transformation couldn’t have come to fruition without the vision and tireless effort of Margot James and the rest of the original founding members including Mark Bibby, Karen Rudkin, Toni Fuller and Chris Eddelbuttel.

To Margo and everyone from 2009 thru until now, I offer a huge, warm and heartfelt ‘Thank You’ from the bottom of my heart and, I’m sure from the hearts of our many current SBCG members as well.

We really couldn’t have made it this far without all of your hard work.

Which, I suppose brings us to the present.

A present that sees us determined to continue leading by example in environmentally friendly and sustainable living by securing funding for two major upcoming projects:

  • Solar panels to power the SBCG’s club house and water tank irrigation pumps.
  • Industrial sized worm composting containers to process biodegradable food waste of members and local community alike.

It may seem overly ambitious to some but after all the changes brought about by the members of this little Garden Club that knows it can…well, I know we’d be crazy to sell ourselves short at this point.

As for this website and, especially this blog space…

I just want to go on record to say, just like the garden, it belongs to all of us.

Both are designed to share our love of gardening and sustainable and environmentally friendly living so, please, if you have anything to add to this site and especially this blog, don’t hesitate to bring it forward.

Honestly, anyone that knows me knows I’m not what you’d call ‘overly computer savvy’, but I can promise that, with the help of all of you, I’m sure we’ll all manage to keep this site updated and looking good, just like the garden itself.

Whether it’s the garden or our website’s photo albums or blog posts, I want this SBCG site to be a growing, community based project.

And as such, I’m happy and proud as punch to again welcome you to YOUR SBCG website.

See you in the garden,

Di Gunther

SBCG President